noun, plural he·red·i·ties. Biology.
Origin of heredity
Examples from the Web for heredity
Contemporary Examples of heredity
Not surprisingly, then, this is a book about heredity, about fathers and sons and their awkward relationships.Favorite Historical Novels
November 9, 2011
A frequently touching domestic drama about an academic Chicago family, it mulls Big Themes: war, faith, heredity.The Squid and the Whale of a Book
June 14, 2009
Historical Examples of heredity
By heredity and discipline all minds are shaped to this great hour.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
We see that the heredity relation is an extremely complex affair.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
I agree that a man cannot for long conceal his true nature; we are what we are by heredity.
Questions of heredity, procreation and education will be dealt with calmly and freely.
He was one of those frequent cases which give the lie to the laws of heredity.The Fortune of the Rougons
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for heredity
1530s, from Middle French hérédité (12c.), from Latin hereditatem (nominative hereditas) "heirship, inheritance, condition of being an heir," from heres (genitive heredis) "heir, heiress," from PIE root *ghe- "to be empty, left behind" (cf. Greek khera "widow"). Legal sense of "inheritable quality or character" first recorded 1784; the modern biological sense seems to be found first in 1863, introduced by Herbert Spencer.
The passing of characteristics from parents to children. (See genetics.)